Smallholder Organic Farming not GMOS – the Solution to World Hunger

We are republishing this excellent article from Organic Federation of Australia Feb 2011, to bring factual information to our readers and subscribers.  ABC, 30 August 2010 reported “Global biotechnology company Monsanto has begun an education and advocacy campaign to change the opposition many Australia consumers have to genetically modified food. Speaking at the NSW Farmwriters …

The End of Growth

The End of Growth – Richard Heinberg ” The central assertion of this book is both simple and startling: Economic growth as we have known it is over and done with.      … we are seeing a perfect storm of converging crises that together represent a watershed moment in the history of our species. We are …

Proposed legislation would make most gardens and farms illegal

This proposed legislation would make most permaculturists, farmers, gardeners and bush regenerators criminals. Many native wattles (Acacia spp), an extensive list of legumes including the Leopard tree, Honey Locust, wisteria and cattle forage plants like Desmodium, wetland plants such as the Common Rush (Phragmites), and common pasture grasses (Phalaris spp), even the iceplants in your …

The Farm comes to Sydney Town Hall Square

Article and Photo: Russ Grayson, Pacific Edge, January 2011 Slim striped eggplant, fat purple eggplant, green tomatoes, flares of bright yellow sunflower, corn coming into cob and kale… what has happened to Sydney’s Town Hall Square? To put it simple, the farm has come to town… or the garden, at least. Where there was once …

Peak energy, climate change

Peak energy, climate change, and the collapse of global civilisation: the current peak oil crisis “This paper was written to empower people and societies to prepare themselves for the radical changes in the world ahead with the information presented in this analysis” –  Tariel Mórrígan Dec 14, 2010

Slaves to Convenience or Conscious Consumer?

Robyn Francis writes on the art of being a conscious consumer to reduce your eco-footprint, save money and enjoy better health. Wendell Berry once said that it’s not an environmental crisis we face but a crisis of character. He was referring to the fact that the solution to the crises in our environment begins at …

Why Gardening Makes You Happy and Cures Depression

While mental health experts warn about depression as a global epidemic, other researchers are discovering ways we trigger our natural production of happy chemicals that keep depression at bay, with surprising results. All you need to do is get your fingers dirty and harvest your own food. In recent years I’ve come across two completely …

Beyond the PDC – Professional Development in Permaculture

Already done a PDC? Looking for ways to fill in the critical skills and knowledge gaps? We can help…PCA (Permaculture College Australia) offers a range of options for permaculturists to fast-track practical skills beyond the PDC to be more effective in your chosen field of Permaculture practices.• Professional Development short intensive courses,• Permaculture Practices longer …

Monbiot: Our response to the problem of invasive species

Did you know that 90 potentially invasive plant species are being sold in nurseries in Australia? George Monbiot ducsussesthe problem of our govenments’ reluctance to deal effectively with ecologically harmful plant and animal species: http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2010/10/04/the-aliens-are-coming/